Lauca to Machu Picchu Journey

Explore the stunning and less visited high plains of Chile and Peru on this incredibly scenic and off the beaten track tour. Start in Arica with ancient hieroglyphics and the Andean Flamingo, experience the deepest canyon in South America and finish at fabulous Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • Get away from the crowds in the high Andes of Chile
  • Visit the dramatic Lauca National Park with its volcanoes, blue lakes and flocks of flamingoes
  • Watch condors soar overhead in Colca Canyon
  • Explore the Inca heartland of Cusco and Machu Picchu
Day 1 Arrive Santiago
Day 2 Santiago
Day 3 Fly to Arica
Day 4 Codpa and Putre
Day 5 Lauca National Park
Day 6 Travel to Arequipa
Day 7 Arequipa
Day 8 Colca Canyon
Day 9 Arequipa
Day 10 Cusco
Day 11 Sacred Valley
Day 12 Machu Picchu
Day 13 Lima
Full Itinerary

Included

  • Accommodation with breakfasts.
  • Flights within Peru and Chile
  • All tours, land transportation and entry fees.

Not included

  • International flights to and from Latin America. The price and schedule vary, we can quote a flight inclusive price according to your travel dates.

Itinerary - Lauca to Machu Picchu Journey

Day 1. Arrive Santiago

When you arrive in Santiago today you will be met and driven to your hotel.

Day 2. Santiago

A private tour with a local guide to uncover the cultural and modern day treasures of this city. There are also options to bike your way around town.

Day 3. Fly to Arica

This morning you fly to the very north of Chile, Arica. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and you will begin to explore this remote, fascinating region. In the colourful Azapa valley you will visit the archeological museum with its 7600 year old mummies from the Chinchorro culture. You continue on to the Codpa Valey, a typical Andean village rich in tradition and with beautiful churches.

Day 4. Codpa and Putre

This morning you visit more characterful villages on the way to see the Ofragia petroglyph dating back 10,000 years. You can then soak in the hot springs at Chitune before continuing to the town of Belen. Today ends at Putre which is nestled at the base of Tarapaca volcano.

Day 5. Lauca National Park

Declared a Biosphere reserve in 1981, Lauca is a haven for wildlife and the landscape has an other-worldly feel with strange low growing plants. Today you are welcome to join a traditional Aymaran ceremony before taking a hike from Cotacotani Lagoons to the village of Parinacota with its picturesque 17th Century church. After lunch hike to Lake Chungara, the highest in the world. Backed by volcanoes and with over 130 native wildlife and plant species. The day ends with a visit to the local market at Chucuyo where you can participate in making traditional Andean clothing.

Day 6. Travel to Arequipa

This morning you cross into Peru, traveling from Putre to Arequipa. Peru’s second city is overlooked by ice capped volcanoes, its streets are full of colonial streets built with the beautiful white local volcanic stone.

Day 7. Arequipa

Your local guide will walk you around the city this morning visiting the main plaza and the Santa Catalina convent. This afternoon you can stroll around at your own pace and maybe visit the Juanita museum.

Day 8. Colca Canyon

Travel to Colca Canyon over the high plains through Vicuna National Park. Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The scenery is dominated by snow capped peaks. Locals toil the ground on atchwork terraces and then the canyon falls down below. Overnight at Chivay on the edge of the canyon.

Day 9. Arequipa

Spend the morning observing giant Andean condors – some with wingspans of over 10 feet -before visiting some of the historic sites in Colca. Later today you return to Arequipa.

Day 10. Cusco

Today you fly to Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Your local guide will take you on a fascinating city tour. Here Incan stonework stands side by side with great Spanish-style churches. The blend of Andean mysticism and Catholic faith can be seen in the works of the Cusco school of art on display in the Cathedral. Your tour continues to the massive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and great views of Cusco.

Day 11. Sacred Valley

Today you visit the green and fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas including a trip to the colorful traditional market at Chinchero. Explore the town and Inca site of Ollantaytambo before taking the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

Day 12. Machu Picchu

An early start to experience Machu Picchu at dawn if you wish. Your guide will spend 2 hours with you after which you can explore on your own before returning to Cusco by train and transfer.

Day 13. Lima

Travel to Lima for your connecting flight home.

Accommodation - Lauca to Machu Picchu Journey

We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.

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Casa de Melgar Arequipa

This charming hotel full of character is housed in an 18th century house.

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Regarded as one of Arequipa’s best hotels.

Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.

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The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.

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Titilaka Puno

18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.

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This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.

El Mercado Cusco

A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.

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The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.

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El Albergue Sacred Valley

hotel originally opened in 1925 and is a romantic place to stay just set back from the platform of the little train station in Ollantaytambo.

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Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa Sacred Valley

Pretty walkways overflowing with flowers lead you to your own ‘casita’.

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Rio Sagrado Sacred Valley

The Rio Sagrado  is a charming small luxurious hotel in lush gardens.

Expert Lowdown - Lauca to Machu Picchu Journey

Continue to Bolivia and Sajama, the country’s highest peak and continue to La Paz.

Include Lake Titicaca and take the overland journey from Arequipa all the way to Cusco

Add a few days in Chile´s Atacama Desert

Flight Information - Lauca to Machu Picchu Journey

Domestic flights are included in the price and we can also arrange your international flights. Fly into Santiago de Chile and out of Lima or the other way around, the trip works equally well both ways. Both are well served by European and North American airlines.

13 days from $4950 pp

plus international flights

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